Lets have a deeper look into visualisation.
Visualisation is the “art” of bringing your mind processes to live. As more you visualise as better you will get at it, and as better results you will achieve.
Visualisation can be done at any time, and you may well do it already sub-consciously, but like everything with brain plasticity, it is the intent and the intensity that counts.
For anyone with health problems, the aim of visualisation may be to overcome those problems. However, even so the exercise may be to directly concentrate your visualisation on your problem, it is actually the “activity” of visualisation which does most of the benefit brain work.
Next to that is the fact that the brain can’t differentiate between reality and something visualised. That fact opens up a whole new world of visualisation activities.
You can start in the morning while still laying in bed to visualize getting up, see yourself full of energy, enthusiasm for the day and digesting your breakfast properly. After that, do some visualised “physical exercise”, see yourself doing some running, some stretches some weight lifting.
The combined effects of just visualising, plus having a visualising goal and intent will have brain changing positive effects.
To make those benefits count, you have to keep it up for many weeks to come; best is to get into a habit of visualising many of your daily activities in a positive way, rather than just thinking about task to do, visualise them, and do that in a positive accomplished way.
Involving all your “senses” can enhance your visualisation.
To do that, you need to differentiate between an associated and dis-associated (dissociated) mental picture.
In simple words, if in your visualisation you can see yourself, you are dissociated, meaning your senses are not attached to your visualisation.
If you visualise and you see just space around you, and if you look down you can see your body, but not your face, then you are associated with yourself, and all your senses, including your feelings, which will make the visualisation process much more real, and profound.
To make it easier in the beginning, you can visualise yourself, than in your mind, you step inside yourself, to access all senses and feelings.
It is obvious, that all this takes a lot of mental effort, and that is the third beneficial part of the whole process.
The extensive effort into visualisation by it self, is already changing your brains neural pathways.
Needless to say, that there are countless visualisation type of exercises, and further more, each visualisation technique also facilitates a state of meditation and an Alpha or even Theta brainwave.
As the Alpha brainwave is a relaxed alertness and awareness, it is probably the best brainwave to stay in, some people even claim it can lengthen your lifespan.
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